Definition of trapdoor in English:

trapdoor

Line breaks: trap|door
Pronunciation: /trapˈdɔː
 
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noun

  • 1A hinged or removable panel in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
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    • There's a trapdoor in the ceiling: the time capsule takes us up through it, and we're in the family's living quarters: the whole family gathered around the hearth.
    • Luckily for our boys, it also has a trapdoor in the floor leading conveniently into a series of maintenance tunnels which are accessible through any manhole in Montreal.
    • We had ascended the steep staircase and out through a narrow trapdoor on to the roof of the tower, high above the battlements of his creaking ancestral pile.
  • 1.1A feature or defect of a computer system which allows surreptitious unauthorized access to data.
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    • Under polite questioning from the audience, he acknowledged that some closed-source commercial products have been found to have trapdoors themselves.
    • Because the source code is available for all to see, secret or accidental trapdoors cannot hope to survive expert scrutiny by third parties.

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